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Endometriosis patient won't let anything hold her back

Crippling pain and chronic fatigue won't stop this fearless student from achieving her dreams.

Georgina Stevens has endometriosis but rather than holding her back, the condition has spurred her on to bigger and better things.

The 20-year-old is currently training to climb Mount Fuji in Japan to help raise awareness of the condition and prove there is life beyond the symptoms.

She said: "It's really important for me to push myself and prove that I can do things.

Georgina Stevens (10356089)
Georgina Stevens (10356089)

"From the moment I started my periods in year six I knew something was wrong. Everyone was having a very different experience to me. My friends would be fine and able to carry on but I was dragging myself across the floor in crippling pain and not wanting to do anything."

It took until February 2018 for doctors to diagnose endometriosis.

It is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places like the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It can cause pain, fatigue, bladder problems and infertility.

The condition can be managed with surgery and hormones but currently has no cure.

Georgina, who studies at the University of Lincoln, said: "I've missed out on some of the uni experience. I was like an old lady sat at home while my friends were out.

"I feel it's best to be open about the condition. People don't want to talk about menstrual problems but I made an ode to myself that I would do everything I could to show my condition who’s boss."

In July she will climb Mount Fuji with her partner Oliver Oglesby, brother James and his partner Mirei to raise money for The World Endometriosis Research Foundation.

To sponsor the team visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/georgina-stevens6

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